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Resilience and student wellbeing in Higher Education: A theoretical basis for establishing law school responsibilities for helping our students to thrive

Duncan, N. J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5841-8464, Strevens, C. and Field, R. (2020). Resilience and student wellbeing in Higher Education: A theoretical basis for establishing law school responsibilities for helping our students to thrive. European Journal of Legal Education, 1(1), pp. 83-115.

Abstract

There is widespread concern for the mental wellbeing of our students. We argue that, while resisting the neoliberal tendencies that contribute to this, we have a responsibility for helping our students to thrive. Rooted in a theory of positive psychology: self determination theory, we present methods which may help us in this endeavour. These include our approaches to marketing and recruitment, curriculum design, assessment and feedback, experiential learning and developing a safe learning environment. We suggest how addressing these areas of our practice may assist students to develop their competence, and to experience autonomy and relatedness during their programmes of learning. In so doing we provide sources which underpin our arguments and which, we hope, will encourage a debate across European law faculties on this important topic.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: student wellbeing; self determination theory; neoliberalism; curriculum design; learning methods.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Professional Programmes
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 10:15
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24485
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